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27 Harold Tillman (3)

Owner, Jaeger, Allders and Aquascutum, chairman, British Fashion Council

Moving one step closer to being knighted, the dapper and lover-of-the-limelight Harold Tillman was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June.

He may have slipped down the rankings, but 2009 was a tough year to top. Last year, Tillman convinced the likes of Burberry Prorsum, Pringle of Scotland, Matthew Williamson and Jonathan Saunders to return to London Fashion Week, bringing the buzz back to the capital.

Despite launching a report into the value of the industry

to demonstrate its economic importance to minister for culture Ed Vaizey and unveiling it at the House of Commons, Tillman has struggled to pin down financial commitments from Vaizey to fund LFW beyond next February. This is a massive threat to the event’s long-term health.

Elsewhere, sales at Jaeger were flat for the year to February 28. At Aquascutum, success seems to be taking a little longer, though that’s due more to the mess Tillman found it in than the man himself dragging his feet.

Tillman also secured the future of his department store business Allders in Croydon after joining forces with landlord Minerva to create a revised and relocated shopping centre development in the town. Tillman will personally invest in the proposed scheme, with Allders becoming the anchor tenant.

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